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Realtime Analytics For Education: Ontract Wants To Do For Student Data What Mint.com Did For Financial Data

Realtime Analytics For Education: Ontract Wants To Do For Student Data What Mint.com Did For Financial Data | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Many teachers and administrators believe that the fragmentation of educational platforms and opacity of student data is crippling the system. The last thing that education needs is more “comfortable” or “sexy” data silos with decent UX/UI, Ontract's founder, Julian Miller says. And while there are a lot of edtech platforms out there attempting to aggregate data, the founder believes the advanced analytics, collaboration element and personalized learning engine is what could give OnTract a leg up.

 

Ontract, a realt-time analytics platform for K-12 schools that aims to do for educational data what Mint.com did for financial data. Ontract’s reporting is designed to give teachers and administrators quick visibility into a range of information from individual students all the way to a federal level. Teachers can access standard reports generated by Ontract, create their own based on particular data subsets, view charts, graphs and infographics and tap into the startup’s predictive technology which aims to help them get a sense of what all this data means.

 

As to how it works: After schools register to use Ontract, the company connects the school’s core learning systems to its platforms and teachers can then connect their personal tools. The startup applies its analytics to identify trends, patterns or outliers, and notifies teachers when there’s a problem or aberration.

 

The startup’s personalized learning engine generates a playlist of resources to help, which teachers can then push to parents in the same way they’d respond to an email. And parents, in turn, have instant access to those resources to help their children in real-time, rather than having to wait for teachers to find time to walk them through it.

 

 

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Video discovery app Vodio lands on the iPhone, launches Highlights feature

Video discovery app Vodio lands on the iPhone, launches Highlights feature | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Video discovery platform Vodio has updated its iOS app to make it available on iPhones, the Israeli startup Vodio Labs announced today. In addition, the new version is also an upgrade ...

 

Vodio has been described as a ‘Flipboard for videos.’ Thanks to its free app, users can browse videos from different sources in one place. According to the startup, its users have watched a quarter of a million hours of video and generated over two million video plays since its launch.

 

Users can follow pre-built thematic channels, they can also connect Vodio with their social networks, and the app will aggregate videos shared by their friends for easy browsing. Yet, it is worth noting that sharing is optional, and turned off by default.

 

While the new app shares many characteristics with the previous iPad version, it also includes new features such as ‘Highlights’, which the company describes as Vodio’s equivalent of Flipboard’s Cover Stories. In practical terms, this new channel helps users find relevant content across all their channels, feeds and interests, by pulling all the videos that Vodio’s algorithm predicts they will enjoy.

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Twitter expands the Discover tab to deliver more relevant tweets

Twitter expands the Discover tab to deliver more relevant tweets | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

First launched in December, and upgraded last May, the Discover feature will now deliver a steady stream of rich-media tweets that are intended to be relevant to individual users. 

 

Twitter today unveiled the latest iteration of its Discover tab, a move it said will show users a steady stream of tweets deemed relevant to them.  The company first launched the Discover feature on Twitter.com last December, aiming to "bring you essential information from the Web [and in] May, we added stronger signals and a new design that made it more personal for you with better stories and tweets from people you know."


And in a blog post this morning, Twitter wrote that "Now we're improving Discover again: When you visit the Discover tab on Twitter.com, you'll see a continuous stream of tweets, which automatically expand to show you the most relevant stories and most engaging photos."  A quick look at the new tab revealed a string of tweets under the rubric, "What's happening now, tailored for you."


The trick, of course, is for Twitter to match peoples' actual interests with relevant tweets. But if it works, it could be a smart way for users to find new people to follow, and information important to them.  Twitter said it will be rolling out the new Discover feature to users "gradually."

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